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United States hits Hezbollah top brass with new sanctions

United States hits Hezbollah top brass with new sanctions United States hits Hezbollah top brass with new sanctions
Melinda Barton | 17 May, 2018, 14:01

The sanctions target "Hezbollah's" Shura Council, the party's primary decision-making body.

"The TFTC again demonstrated its great value to global security by disrupting Iran and Hezbollah's destabilizing influence in the region", U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.

"The introduction of USA sanctions against the Secretary General of Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah and his Deputy, as well as adhering to the sanctions of the cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Persian Gulf, a turning point in the creation of a barrier to Iran and the disarmament of Hezbollah". The recent sanctions come days after the United States withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

As a member state of Terrorist Financing Targeting Centre (TFTC), Kuwait made the decision along with the United States, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Oman, the source added.

The move comes one day after the Treasury Department slapped sanctions on the governor of Iran's central bank, alleging it had funneled funds to Hezbollah, which the USA considers a terrorist group.

"Under the dictates of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF), Secretary General and head of the Shura Council Hasan Nasrallah is prolonging the human suffering in Syria, fueling the violence in Iraq and Yemen, putting the Lebanese state and the Lebanese people at risk, and destabilizing the entire region". In addition, the sanctions reject the "false distinction" between the group's political and military wings.

Yazbeck is one of "Hezbollah's" original founders.

Besides Hezbollah and Russia, Iran has also been providing military advisory support to the Syrian army in its battles against foreign-backed terror groups. He has supervised training camps and the smuggling of weapons, and hosted experts from Iran's IRGC to train "Hezbollah" fighters on weapons systems.

A number of other individuals and firms, which are said to be affiliated with Hezbollah, were also hit with bans.

The U.S. move comes just over a week after Hezbollah and its political allies looked set to emerge as the most powerful alliance in Lebanon's next parliament. He was "Hezbollah's" first official spokesperson and was involved in the formation of "Hezbollah".